Sunday, January 22, 2012

Your Place in the Big Picture

Week 3

Your Place in the Big Picture


1. It’s likely not possible to have a thought for redemption that hasn’t been had by others.

2. It’s like saying this gem of an idea I’ve shared with you isn’t original, but I arrived at it independently.

3. The difference is in the sharing. In the first case, you’re embarrassed; in the second, perhaps a bit too proud.

4. The reasons for embarrassment are old and common, but laying them beside God is a game-changer.

5. God is vocabulary, a word that came into the world where there was a consciousness waiting.

6. Vocation is the calling, the tearing out old pages from the notebook, grains sliding between your fingers as you walk.

7. When your breath shows that God needs you, the night is a full moon.

Photograph by Cher Cox


Is there a truth
of mine alone,
not shared
with anyone—
friend, parent, child,
life partner?
Not shared, not known
because I never found
words for it?
What might that be?
Never fully loved?
Never fully loving?
Vanity threaded throughout?
Loss of faith?
Unspent talent?
Fear’s most deceiving cover-up?
Anger beyond comprehension?
Failed trust in control?
A plain hopeless sinner,
salt of the earth?
Yes, let’s not forget that.
I’m persuaded that
God needs me.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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